Saturday, September 18, 2010
Around the ACC
By Heather Dinich
Sorry for the delay today, but I was making my way to the Clemson-Auburn game. I'm settled now in Jordan Hare Stadium. Here are a few thoughts on the early games:
Congrats to Virginia Tech. After falling behind 10-0 to East Carolina at home, the Hokies pulled it together and won, 49-27, avoiding an 0-3 start. Virginia Tech was depleted on defense, but it was a group effort in the second half as the Hokies outscored the Pirates 28-3. ECU helped the cause with 11 penalties for 100 yards and two turnovers. Bottom line: Virginia Tech deserves credit for not letting its poor start snowball into a disastrous season.
T.J. Yates can't do it all. Funny, it seems like yesterday I was writing that UNC's defense can't do it all. Now, the Tar Heels are struggling to get the stops without six starters thanks to NCAA investigations. In the end, Georgia Tech's maligned defense got the final word when Brad Jefferson tackled Johnny White on the Heels' final chance at a score in Tech's 30-24 win. Both teams turned the ball over, but Georgia Tech made fewer mistakes and controlled the clock. Bottom line: Another great effort by UNC that came up short, but both teams have work to do if they want to be relevant come November.
Maryland had a more respectable second half, but still ... Maybe it's not such a great idea this series got extended. Unless, of course, you're a West Virginia fan. The Terps lost, 31-17, but a 14-point third quarter at least made it a respectable game after an embarrassing first half. The Terps recruited West Virginia's TavonAustin, who had seven catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, and it's not the first time they've been beaten by a former recruit (see: Steve Slaton). Probably won't be the last, either. Bottom line: This loss wasn't a surprise, but the Terps need to go 3-1 in the nonconference schedule to get to a bowl game.